After his split from Black Hole Recordings and Magik Muzik (two labels that he helped create), Tijs Verwest, better known as Tiësto, launches his new Full-Length Mix Album Series: Tiësto’s Club Life.
Before I go any further, this is a Mix Album, meaning that the DJ meshes the tracks together as if it all were a huge, one-hour piece. Tiësto throws in some new material, but is saving the rest for his next Artist Album. Think of this more as a showcase of new music from one of the best Jocks in existence.
With the same name as his weekly Radio show, Volume One: Las Vegas is inspired by the Dutch legend’s recent residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Sin City, and confirms Tiësto’s new musical orientation.
The man responsible for both the Magik and In Search of Sunrise (ISOS) series has definitely shifted to Progressive House, a sort of middle ground between his world-famous Trance and Traditional House. The whole mix echoes what Tiësto accomplished time and time again with ISOS, a mix that starts out chill, and slowly increases its intensity without overdoing it.
Highlights include Don’t Ditch, Tiësto’s long awaited collaboration with Marcel Woods, a track which I’m sure many Jocks will be throwing down on the dance floor. It is Progressive House at its finest. Thomas Gold’s Remix of Moguai’s We Want Your Soul, which surpasses the original version by a longshot. Sultan & Ned’s Remix of Kaskade’s Fire In Your New Shoes; if you are looking for a track to play on your way to wherever the night takes you, and are looking to set the mood just right, this is what you should be playing.
If you still haven’t hearing Zero 76, Tiësto and Hardwell’s potential Track of the Year winner, it is also included. It is the best track on the entire Mix, because it is exactly what people love about Tiësto, while at the same time experimenting with the new sound he wants to achieve. A bassline you can feel and move to, an incredible build up, then a screaming Synth that is sure to bring any structure down to its foundations. Brilliant!
Simply put, Club Life: Volume One: Las Vegas is a great Progressive Mix-Album that hints at what Tiësto’s upcoming Artist Album will sound like. If you’re looking for a Mix for the Gym or some Pre-Game tunes, Tiësto’s got you covered. But he still has a bit more to go if he is ever going to surpass what he achieved with the In Search of Sunrise series.
Ebe Rodríguez is the host of Nightvision FM, a weekly Mix of Electronica/Dance music. Thursdays at 9pm on WVOF 88.5FM.